The 2013 French Open gets underway at Roland Garros on Sunday with Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova defending their titles. AFP Sports is about to file the following stories:
Li Na's momentous French Open title win of 2011 was expected to open the floodgates for Asian -- and in particular Chinese -- players in world tennis.
600 words by Allan Kelly
If you desire world domination in tennis, best get an early start as Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have proved. So, for the likes of Grigor Dimitrov, Milos Raonic and Bernard Tomic, the clock is already ticking.
600 words by Dave James
Rafael Nadal can become the first man to win the same Grand Slam title eight times at the French Open with few willing to risk talking down the rejuvenated Spaniard's chances.
700 words by Dave James
If momentum counts for everything in tennis, nothing will stop Serena Williams from winning the French Open for just the second time in her career on June 8.
700 words by Allan Kelly